Feature Film “As It Is In Heaven” Premieres March 13th!

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“A cult leader struggles to cling to his faith and keep his community together after his end-of-days prophecy does not come to pass.”

The 86-minute feature film “As It Is In Heaven,” will premiere on March 13th, at Cinequest. Showings can be found here. The film will air on three consecutive nights in San Jose, CA.

The film is a highly-collaborative effort between debut director Joshua Overbay and Asbury University; notably, it boasts a handful of Regent University graduates in key positions: Joshua Overbay-Director, Writer, Producer, Executive Producer; Isaac Pletcher-Cinematographer, Executive Producer; L.E. Nicolette-Editor; and Christopher Free-Executive Producer.

Read a review on the film from Popcorn and Vodka.
Check out the film profile on Indiewire.

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Chillicothe Native’s Work Plays In Times Square (starring Sheryl Crow)

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New York, N.Y. –

If you find yourself in New York City in the next few days, you may have an opportunity to see a Chillicothe native-turned-filmmaker’s editing work on the jumbotrons of Times Square.

The short 30-second commercial that Christopher Free edited showcases support for the organization Fight Colorectal Cancer from Grammy Award winner Sheryl Crow. The commercial encourages individuals to get screened for the disease and requests support to help in the fight.

Free’s close work with Fight Colorectal Cancer will air on the NASDAQ signage and in Grand Central Station intermittently from March 1st to 15th, on March 3rd hourly, and with a dedicated block from 3:45-4:15pm on the NASDAQ towers and the Reuters building.

When asked what is it like to have your work shown in Times Square, Free stated, “It’s an honor to have the work showcased. Drew Lewis, who is in the commercial, lost his life to colorectal cancer and I’m sure he would want his legacy to serve as a very loud reminder that this type of cancer is highly preventable and highly treatable—I hope this honors his legacy.” According to Cancer.gov, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in the United States and it’s recommended that men and women of average risk for the disease should get screened starting at age 50.

Originally from Chillicothe, Ohio, Free is a graduate of Paint Valley High School, Ohio University and most recently, Regent University (where he now works as an Adjunct Instructor of film.)

If you can’t make the trip to New York City, you can watch it through one of the live streaming webcams at the following links:
http://www.nasdaq.com/about/marketsitetowervideo.asx
http://timessquare2.com/webcams.html

Early detection is the greatest hope we have to fight cancer. Learn why singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow has joined One Million Strong and is passionate about raising awareness of colon and rectal cancer. http://wp.me/PfKme-5Zc

VIDEO: Trinity Church of Virginia Beach [preroll]

Trinity Church in Virginia Beach created this video to more deeply engage its congregation in worship. This video is to be used as a tool to prepare those in attendance for the worship experience. The film highlights life in Virginia Beach, the ministries of Trinity Church, and the worship experience.

VIDEO: The Last Plea Bargain [trailer]

SYNOPSIS:
Plea bargains may grease the rails of justice, but for Jamie Brock, prosecuting criminals is not about cutting deals. In her three years as assistant DA, she's never plea-bargained a case and vows she never will. But when a powerful defense attorney is indicted for murder and devises a way to bring the entire justice system to a screeching halt, Jamie finds herself at a crossroads. One by one, prisoners begin rejecting deals. Prosecutors are overwhelmed, and felons start walking free on technicalities. To break the logjam and convict her nemesis, Jamie must violate every principle that has guided her young career. But she has little choice. To convict the devil, sometimes you have to cut a deal with one of his demons.

VIDEO: Call On Congress 2013

Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. tells the story of losing his father, Congressman Donald Payne, Sr., to colon cancer in 2012. Rep. Payne, Jr. is committed to finding a cure for colorectal cancer and vows to do everything he can to eliminate this "dreaded disease." Congressman Payne, Jr. pledges his support and offers encouragement to the advocates of Fight Colorectal Cancer.

VIDEO: Loud

Some adrenaline junkies learn their lifestyle, others are born into it. From skydiving Hawaii to base jumping the largest single-span bridge in the United States, Randy Stamper is always looking for something to jump off of, check out this incredible footage captured on GoPro Hero video cameras as he jumps out of planes, helicopters, bridges, cliffs and other things that may or may not be completely legal.

VIDEO: An Orphaned Anemia

SYNOPSIS: Diamond Blackfan Anemia is considered an “orphaned” disease, a disease that affects so few people that it is not profitable to pharmaceutical companies, and therefore does not justify research. Further, not enough people have the disease to justify governmental aid… but that is changing. This story of hope reveals a disease that is defying odds and treading new ground towards the possibility of a cure.

Attacking Freelancing Head-On

You betta' watch out! I'm attacking you with my grapes of wrath!!!
I’m attacking you with my grapes of wrath!!!

Charge that mountain!!!

With the fire of ambition in our bones we all think we can do it on our own… Am I right? I’ve given this a good bit of thought and there are very few people who I know who’ve done a GREAT job freelancing on their own. By great I mean, “people-who-don’t-bounce-from-town-to-town-and-sleep-on-my-couch-when-they-come-to-visit.” It seems that with every story of someone doing it well, there are far more stories where someone has failed miserably!

Well, who can blame someone for trying? Without quoting numbers, it’s a no-brainer to at least try to be a freelancer if you’re only doing it for the financial reasons. And then, if you think about the freedom that you are afforded with being the primary creative on your projects, it becomes really appealing. Right? Yep, absolutely it does.

Those dollar signs can become so freakin’ tempting right? I mean, who wouldn’t want to make 5-7x their hourly rate at a similar job with a 40 hour work week. However, I’ve also heard stories about very proficient freelancers giving it a go, getting ridiculously large contracts and then only working 5 out of 12 months. Shoot, if you can swing only working 5 months out of the year then have at it, but I would guess most of us would get bored and then want to do something productive–perhaps even do what we love to do on a regular basis as creatives: create.

Anyway, I’d love to see more people give it a try and if I know you, there’s a good chance I’ll still let you sleep on my couch when you come back to town… You bum! :) So, I’m interested in your opinion. Share your stories! How did you succeed at the freelance bit and what did your scars teach you when you tried, crashed, and burned in flames?

Telling The War Orphan’s Tale: Chillicothe Native’s Latest Film Project Wins Telly Award

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. — Local native Chris Free has been making a habit of taking on serious issues with his filmmaking and earning honors for them.

Christopher Free, originally of Chillicothe, has been honored for excellence in Internet and online video editing work for a video project highlighting the rescue of war orphans from rebel armies in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Free, a video editor for Operation Blessing International, partnered with three-time Tribeca filmmaker and OBI vice president David Darg on the film, which won the highest accolade at the Telly Awards — bringing Free’s Telly total to 10 awards.

For the past 32 years, the Telly Awards have recognized working in traditional film and video production, as well as Web commercials, videos and films, and local, regional and cable television commercials and programs. Past recipients of the Telly Awards include NFL Films, the Discovery Channel, PBS and nationally-known media personality Anderson Cooper.

Free’s Silver Telly Award was awarded for his work on an online video, “Abused & Scarred: War Orphans Rescued from the Jungle,” in the charitable/not-for-profit category. The video highlights Operation Blessing’s relief work in the Congo after tragic child abuse during a devastating civil war.

Free’s work for Operation Blessing was selected from more than 12,000 entries that came from all 50 states and across five continents. It has been seen in more than 110 countries.

Abused Girl - Democratic Republic of CongoEarlier this year, Free received three Bronze Telly Awards, in the sports, commercial-entertainment/amusement and charitable/not-for-profit categories.

Some of his past films include “An Orphaned Anemia,” dealing with the rare Diamond Blackfan anemia; “Black-eyed Redemption,” dealing with a bully’s journey to forgiveness; “Standing Outside,” which is about a college student having trouble with his love life when he learns his best friend has a secret; and “So Falls the Shadow,” a frightening tale with a twist about a werewolf terrorizing a small Tennessee town full of secrets.

Free is a graduate of Paint Valley High School, Ohio University and, most recently, Regent University, where he now works as an Adjunct Instructor in film.
Article from: http://www.chillicothegazette.com/article/20130520/NEWS01/305200025/Telling-war-orphan-s-tale

ODU Instructor among Recipients of Telly Award for Congo Civil War Documentary

Christopher Free, an adjunct instructor of film at Old Dominion University and video editor for Virginia Beach-based Operation Blessing International (OBI), was part of a production team recently recognized for a documentary that highlights the rescue of orphans from rebel armies in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Earlier this month, the video “Abused & Scarred: War Orphans Rescued from the Jungle,” which documents OBI’s relief work in the tribal conflict-ravaged central African nation, won a 2013 Silver Telly Award in the Internet/Online Video – Charitable/Not-for-Profit category.

Free, who teaches video editing in ODU’s communication and theatre arts department, said he was “deeply invested” in the project and knew “we had something special” when a pre-release screening of the video brought his wife to tears.

“On this project, the acts of violence are so atrocious against children that you can’t help but be invested in the story, and when you see the work that Operation Blessing International is doing to alleviate that suffering, well, I am happy that people are moved by the story and hopefully they will be moved to advocacy themselves,” Free said.

To view “Abused & Scarred: War Orphans Rescued from the Jungle,” visit Operation Blessing International’s Vimeo channel.

In addition to the Silver Telly Award, Free received three Bronze Telly Awards this year for online video projects in the Sports, Commercial – Entertainment/Amusement and Charitable/Not-for-Profit categories. Including the 2013 accolades, Free has won a total of 10 Telly Awards.

The Telly Awards was founded in 1978 “to honor excellence in local, regional and cable TV commercials”; non-broadcast video and TV program categories were added later. The 33rd annual Telly Awards received more than 12,000 submissions, in all categories, from within the United States and around the world, according to the organization’s website.

Article from: http://www.odu.edu/news/2013/5/christopher_free_vid

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